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Christ’s Victory Is Total, but Often in Surprising Ways

January 15, 2019 0 Comments
Christ’s Victory Is Total, but Often in Surprising Ways

The first reading from Mass for Tuesday of the First Week of the Year is from the Letter to the Hebrews. It sets forth the total victory of Christ and that the Father has subjected all things to Christ. Yet the text also shows how the outworking of this subjugation is paradoxical. Note first the […]

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The Message of the Letter to the Hebrews

January 14, 2019 2 Comments
The Message of the Letter to the Hebrews

This week in daily Mass, we are reading from The Letter to the Hebrews, one of the most underappreciated books of the New Testament. It has long been one of my favorites from which to teach; in it we are summoned to faith in Jesus, our Savior and Great High Priest. The opening lines in […]

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God in Winter: Pondering the Gift of Snow

January 13, 2019 0 Comments
God in Winter: Pondering the Gift of Snow

It snowed yesterday in Washington, D.C. It wasn’t anything epic, just a decent six-incher. There were drawbacks, of course: Mass attendance was poor, and I had to get up early to shovel a path to the doors. (Thank you, Lord, for the helpers you sent!) Despite the inconvenience, snow incites wonder and awe in me. […]

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Jesus Does Not Go into the Water Alone; He Takes Us with Him – A Reflection on the Baptism of the Lord

January 12, 2019 5 Comments
Jesus Does Not Go into the Water Alone; He Takes Us with Him – A Reflection on the Baptism of the Lord

This Sunday’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a time to reflect on not only the Lord’s Baptism but our own. In an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of His Body. As Christ enters the water, He makes holy the water that will baptize us. […]

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There Are Few Easy Cures, as Seen in a Commercial

January 11, 2019 7 Comments
There Are Few Easy Cures, as Seen in a Commercial

The commercial below illustrates an important principle about side effects. When faced with a problem, we often wish for an easy cure, one without any personal costs or side effects. However, in general, the bigger the problem, the more drastic the cure and the larger the side effects. In my experiences with deliverance ministry and […]

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What Does the Christian Tradition Mean by the Word “Mystery”?

January 10, 2019 4 Comments
What Does the Christian Tradition Mean by the Word “Mystery”?

In the secular world, a “mystery” is something that baffles or eludes understanding, something that lies undisclosed. And the usual attitude of the world toward mystery is to solve it, get to the bottom of, or uncover it. Mysteries must be overcome! The riddle, or “who-done-it” must be solved! In the Christian and especially the […]

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Some Basics of Christian Anthropology and How They Speak to Moral Issues of our Day (Part 2)

January 9, 2019 3 Comments
Some Basics of Christian Anthropology and How They Speak to Moral Issues of our Day (Part 2)

Note: This is the second of a two-part series. Part one is available here. At its root, anthropology considers what human beings are and how they have interacted with one another and the world around them over time. While many think of anthropology as a secular study of cultures from ancient to modern day, I […]

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Basics of Christian Anthropology (part 1 of 2)

January 8, 2019 1 Comment
Basics of Christian Anthropology (part 1 of 2)

Anthropology is, most simply, the science or study of human beings through time and space. Different specialties focus on the analysis of biological/physiological characteristics and the examination of societies/cultures. In the religious sense, anthropology deals with the origin, nature, and destiny of human beings. In our times there are many moral issues emerging from viewpoints […]

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